Details on a couple of Wisconsin rides I took last summer. Apologies to Wisconsin residents for another FIB on your roads
but there are just so many awesome places to ride!
Road America is a 4 mile road race track just south of Elkhart Lake Wi. It is nestled in the glacial Kettle Moraine area with the track following the ups and downs of the terrain. Superbike races are usually held the last weekend of May/first weekend of June. Itís crazy watching the super bikes blast by at such insane speeds. Riding your motorcycle to Road America is ideal since the track is so huge. Makes it very easy to get around to the many viewing areas. Very cool checking out the other motorcycles. Most of the riders I end up talking to are friendly Ė usually end up learning a lot about other bikes. Make sure to grab a brat and beer while there! From the south, taking route 67 to Road America is the slow but, for the most part, scenic route.
Another multi day ride takes me through southwest and western Wisconsin. First stop is usually in New Glarus. Quaint little town with a strong Swiss ancestry. Very beautiful area featuring lots of bicycle trails created from former railroad routes. Route 39 west of New Glarus is an awesome motorcycle road that features lots of twists, turns, hills and fairly light traffic. From there make my way to route 56 (north of Richland Center). Going west, route 56 ends at the Mississippi river. It is an extremely beautiful ride, especially as you get closer to the Mississippi river. The road winds through river valleys hills, farms etc. Very remote with little traffic. For those traveling with your significant other, make sure to stop in the ďcityĒ of Romance (actually itís just a bar but still very cool). Route 56 goes through a small town called Viroqua. For you Foodies out there make sure to check out the Driftless Cafť. Itís been featured on the Wisconsin public television show Wisconsin Foodie. https://driftlesscafe.com/
One note of caution, route 56 (close to the Mississippi) was under construction (summer 2019) and was gravel the last few miles. No big deal on a Versys but could be a bit nerve wracking on a bigger/heavier bike. Not sure if itís still under construction.
Route 35 (The Great River Road) follows the Mississippi river (both north and south). The views are amazing with many places to pull over and view the river. The Mississippi is almost 2 miles wide at various points. Take the Great River road north to La Crosse. La Crosse is so much fun. Part college town (UWL) part mid-sized Wisconsin city. The surrounding area, both on the Wisconsin and Minnesota sides, are intensely beautiful with many, many awesome riding roads. The bluffs really make the area. La Crosse has a vibrant downtown area that features lots of great places to eat and drink (college town!). I like staying in the downtown area right along the river. Easy access to bars then walk back to the hotel. Not cheap but not too bad if you pick a quieter weekend. Make sure to go hiking at the Great River Bluffs State park (in Minnesota), take the paddle wheel boat tour on the Mississippi, walk around the UWL campus, visit Grandad's Bluff and finally check out Rosieís! Itís an old time diner Ė looks like it was ripped from 1970 (or even 1960!).
On the way home I take route 33 east from La Crosse. Goes through all sorts of valleys, farm communities, Amish areas (watch for the horse and buggies!) and goes right through Wildcat mountain State park. Doesnít last long but the twists and turns are a blast!